Practice environments allow learners to practice coding with a live editor and preview window to instantly see the results of the coding. Follow staff author Ray Villalobos as he walks through the process of using practice environments.
- [Instructor] Hey there, this is Ray Villalobos, senior staff author and I want to talk to you about our practice environment. They're available in some of our courses and can help you follow along with the instructor in a safe and full featured editor. In a course that has a practice environment, you'll see a Code Practice tab in the middle of the screen. You'll also notice that some of the movies have angle brackets next to the video name. Although you can launch the practice environment through the tabs, it's easier to click on the angle brackets icon next to each video and the practice environment will be loaded for that specific video.
The practice environment is a full featured live editor where you can open and edit files and see the results of those modifications on a preview pane. This is a live editing environment, so if you make a change in the practice environment, it will process the files for you and update the preview. The practice environments have three main panes, the file tree, the editor pane, and the preview pane. There are three icons on the top right of the screen that will let you zoom the editor or the preview pane.
You can also access this functionality through the View menu. On the file tree pane, you'll see that the files you'll need open for that video are highlighted in yellow. They will be opened in tabs for you. You can open up or edit the files using the file browser on the left. All of the files will be opened into tabs. You can see that the editor has a series of traditional menus at the top.
To create a file or folder, you simply go to the File menu and select Add File or Add Folder. That will create a folder in the main tree view. Give it a name and hit Enter. You can also right-click in the file tree if you need to create a file or a folder quicker. If you want a folder or file to be created inside another folder, you can simply right-click on top of that folder and choose New File or Folder.
The editor has some advanced features that you might not need all the time but just in case you're an advanced user and/or curious, let's go ahead and walk through them. In the Settings menu, you can configure the editor to your own style. For example, you can change the font size, the theme that the editor uses to display your code, change how the indentation works or even control how the editor works. Of course, if you want to start the video from scratch, you can reset the environment through this menu.
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